University of Bath URSA project: Living Labs. Optimising energy-water nexus approach for operational net zero homes - PhD via FindAPhD

University of Bath

Bath, UK 🇬🇧

About the Project

This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the University of Bath URSA competition.


Climate and environmental change and the energy and water means that design, consumption, and occupation factors of UK homes need to be better understood. The purpose of this project is to fill this gap by proposing an energy-water nexus approach for operational net zero homes. Within this framework, potential students may propose innovative strategies which includes assessment indices, BIM templates, process-based methods or decision tools aimed at the early-design and renovation planning stages. Using data derived from the Living Labs, the emphasis includes integrating people v. building performance to facilitate future homes design, optimisation and trade-offs, go/no-go decisions, and regulatory compliance. Importantly, successful candidates will work towards proposing outcomes that will deliver simple, optimisable methodological and practical design solutions that would enable the widespread scaling up of net-zero strategies to enable new or existing homes to meaningfully contribute to achieving the 2050 targets.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an honours degree at 2.1 or 1st (or non-UK equivalent) in in architecture, environmental design, architectural and building service engineering. A Masters degree would be advantageous. English language entry requirements must be met by February 2023 to be considered for funding, see

Enquiries and Applications

Informal enquiries are encouraged! Direct these to Dr Kemi Adeyeye –

Please make a formal application should via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture

When completing the form, please identify your application as being for the URSA studentship competition in Section 3 Finance (question 2) and quote the project title and lead supervisor’s name in the ‘Your research interests’ section. 

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Funding Eligibility

To be eligible for funding, you must qualify as a Home student. The eligibility criteria for Home fee status are detailed and too complex to be summarised here in full; however, as a general guide, the following applicants will normally qualify subject to meeting residency requirements:

  • UK nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland)
  • Irish nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland)
  • Those with Indefinite Leave to Remain
  • EU nationals with pre-settled or settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Additional information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage, on the GOV.UK website and on the UKCISA website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We value a diverse research environment and strive to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We encourage applications from under-represented groups. In particular, we are welcoming applications from candidates with Refugee, Asylum Seeker, or Humanitarian Protection in the UK to our Doctoral Sanctuary Studentship in Engineering and Design.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.

The Disability Service ensures that individuals with disabilities are provided the support that they need. If you state if your application that you have a disability, the Disability Service will contact you as part of this process to discuss your needs.

Keywords: Architecture; Built Environment; Data Analysis; Data Science; Information Systems; Internet Of Things; Machine Learning; Surveying; Systems Engineering; Urban Planning

Funding Notes

Candidates may be considered for a University of Bath (URSA) studentship tenable for 3.5 years. Funding covers tuition fees at the ‘Home’ rate, a stipend (£17,668 p/a in 2022/23) and a £1000/annum training budget.
As URSA studentships only cover the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate, Overseas students are not eligible to apply. Are you an Outstanding Overseas student (e.g. with a UK Masters Distinction or international equivalent) who is interested in this project? If so, please contact the intended supervisor in the first instance, to discuss the possibility of applying for additional funding.





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